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Staff Profiles: Thomas K. Butt, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

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Founder of Interactive Resources and its president since 1973, Tom Butt is the director of the firm’s Architecture Division. He has more than 43 years of experience with the design of institutional, residential, commercial and public buildings. Tom serves as Principal-in-Charge of many of the firm’s major projects involving new and rehabilitated buildings, urban planning and design, historic preservation, energy conservation and alternative energy applications for buildings, and forensic and diagnostic architecture.

As a city council member, Tom has initiated legislation and influenced public policy in historic preservation, infrastructure planning, open government, regulation of industrial safety, youth recreation, land use planning, and redevelopment policy.

Tom was selected by his peers as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He was also recognized by the East Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with a Practice and Technology Achievement Award for his determination to explore issues of building technology and his efforts devoted toward sharing his findings with the public and the profession.

As a writer, researcher, and lecturer in the field of applied construction technology and building performance, Tom has continued to provide important new tools to design better and more functional buildings.



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Diagnostic Architecture and Construction Technology
Representative New and Rehabilitation Building Design
Historic Preservation
Energy Conservation and Alternative Energy Applications
Representative Speaking Engagements

Architecture Division

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Tom is very active in the community and serves as both Councilman and Vice Mayor for the city of Richmond. He is also an animal lover, and currently has seven pet goats.

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Codes & Standards for Barriers & Flashings
Window and Door Design and Installation Guide
Plaza Deck Design Primer
Water Resistance and Vapor Permeance of Weather Resistive Barriers
The Enduring Mystery of Weather Resistive Barriers and the Need for Standards
Soffit/Weep Screeds in Cement Plaster (Stucco) Construction
Weather Resistive Barriers and Flexible Flashings
WestCon Tribune
Environmentally Certified Wood Products
ASTM Task Group Addresses Challenges of Designing and Constructing Weather-Resistant Frame Buildings
Water Testing as a Diagnostic Tool for Building Leaks
Architect Disciplined for Designing a Flat Deck
The Practice of Architecture in California and Architectural Negligence
American Institute of Architects California Chapter Proposes Changes to Certificate of Merit Law
Local Government Takes Aim at Invasive Exotic Plants
Coping with Building Disasters & Failures
Limiting Construction Failure Losses - A Challenge for the Insurance Industry
Mold and Mildew - Emerging Public Health Concern
Vinyl Windows May Exacerbate Water Intrusion in Stucco Walls
WESTCON Roster Provides List of Bay Area Construction Consultants
ICBO Reports Now Available On-line Free
Architects Required To Use Written Contracts for Architectural Services
What Is the California Building Code?
New Code Opinion Service Offered by ICBO